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According to Miss Universe contestant, Miss Sushmita Sen, when she was asked, “What for you is the essence of being a woman?” She then replied, “Being a woman is like a gift given by God that each must appreciate. A mother is from whom a child originated, who is a woman. She then shows a man what sharing, caring, and loving aspects are all about. And that is the essence of being a woman.” A developing baby in the womb is an absolute opportunity and the greatest gift for a new mother! My first pregnancy made me realize that children are our most precious treasures that no one could ever steal. In my early motherhood, postpartum depression became my worst enemy. To combat this, I helped myself out by making my mental health stable. I made myself busy, I tried plenty of things like working out, writing content, cooking, trying…

I’ve created this post as a guide to help you get started working out postpartum while you breastfeed. I’m willing to bet you’ve heard that exercise can affect your milk supply as a breastfeeding mama and you might be worried that you won’t be able to feed your baby. Good news: Working out postpartum does not affect your milk supply to the gravity you might expect. While exercising MIGHT affect your milk supply a bit, it certainly doesn’t mean your supply is going to disappear or even be drastically reduced. Postpartum workouts will not be the main cause for milk supply to drop. Let’s peel the onion back, shall we? Most mamas start dieting while exercising so the problem becomes a nutritional one, not a movement one. If you reduce calories, you may end up cutting out important, nutritious food that helps boost the milk supply. The key is learning…

Healing your abs after pregnancy can feel challenging. If you’re looking to finally heal your abs after pregnancy, you need my Ab Rehab and Pelvic Floor Restore program. It is part of my bigger program, The Postpartum Cure – but I’ll tell you if you want solid postpartum healing so that you can feel like yourself again, you need this program. If you suffer from bladder leakage, ab separation, back pain, and balance issues – it means you need to take your postpartum recovery and healing seriously. The good news? You can 100% heal from pregnancy. Ready to start healing? Check out The Postpartum Cure. Let’s deep dive into the signs you need to spend time healing your pelvic floor and abs after pregnancy. Prepregnancy Activity Level + Strength Your activity level before pregnancy can determine how your body will heal. When your abs aren’t actively engaged through exercise they…

By now, everyone has heard of Kegels. It’s a buzzword and everyone is getting in on the trend. But do you really know what they are?? I mean really?? I didn’t think so. I am a pelvic health Physical Therapist and let me tell you, you are not alone. It’s estimated that roughly 80% of women don’t know what the correct muscles are, where to find them, how to use them and if they are even using them correctly when they do find them. I see this day in and out in my practice. So let’s start at the beginning shall we?? Your Pelvic Floor Kegels are a fancy term for pelvic floor exercises. They are named after the American Gynecologist Arnold Kegel who discovered how working this group of muscles was so beneficial. The pelvic muscles basically form your undercarriage at the bottom of your pelvis. There are 15…

Before childbirth, you’ll have many people telling you about the complicated challenges women undergo, both before and after pregnancy. From sheer hormonal changes to baby blues, many things are happening inside during and after pregnancy that pregnant women are prepped for. Though, out of all these things, hardly anyone talks about the hit that the digestive system takes after childbirth and how hard that first postpartum poop can be. And pair that with all the hormonal changes that deal with breast milk production, and there’s a lot of stress and anxiety, which can, in turn, lead to a whole other side of digestive disorders, like IBS. Regardless of whether you’ve had a vaginal birth or c-section, most women go through a series of different bowel movement problems that lead up to that first postpartum poop, which include constipation, poop leakage, and reduced bowel function. However, it’s quite normal to experience all…

Do you have a goal to start losing the baby weight while you’re breastfeeding? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone! The women I connect with in the Facebook group for The Postpartum Cure, share some of their concerns or struggles with postpartum weight loss while breastfeeding so I have a good handle on what you’re probably thinking and feeling. Btw, if you’re interested in learning more about The Postpartum Cure and how the program supports breastfeeding moms with a healthy diet and workout plan, click here. What I’ve seen is a lot of women have a goal to lose at least 10 pounds while they are breastfeeding. Some women want to lose more – it really depends on how much weight was gained during pregnancy. Losing 10 lbs. of baby weight while breastfeeding is a great goal! I am passionate about supporting moms with safe postpartum weight loss…

I’ve had to prepare for birth three times now so I know exactly what postpartum essentials are needed in order to recover and thrive after the baby arrives. I’ll be honest – I’ve learned a bit more about what postpartum must-haves to stock up on with every baby I have. These are the postpartum essentials that I never want to run out of while taking care of a newborn baby and myself. It’s so wonderful to sit at home and just enjoy the baby, and NOT need anyone to run out to grab postpartum items. I recommend grabbing these postpartum items before you’re very pregnant and tired at just the thought of leaving the house. This particular postpartum list is just what mamas need in the first few weeks after birth. The goal is to make sure you are comfortable and happy. Another thing I did to prepare for postpartum…

I’ve had three babies and each time I’ve gained more knowledge about losing the extra baby weight safely and without affecting my breastmilk supply. In fact, I was able to keep up a healthy milk supply while dropping the baby weight fairly fast. Weight loss after baby can be done without a strict, low-calorie diet or lots and lots of intensive exercise. The best (and, sometimes, fastest) way to lose the baby weight is to focus on a few important things that will help you with your postpartum weight loss goals while also protecting your milk supply. I developed a program and app that supports mamas just like you with developing a breastfeeding diet plan that will help you reach your after baby weight loss goals while making sure you’re eating enough nutrients to support a healthy milk supply. Click here to find out more about The Postpartum Cure and…

We’ve all heard postpartum horror stories—hair loss, postpartum infections, difficulty breastfeeding, and the infamous “baby blues.” Among these common challenges include pelvic floor disorders (PFD).  According to a 2021 study published in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, almost half of women suffered symptoms of at least one kind of PFD, including bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction during and after pregnancy.   There is a lot to learn about childbirth injury, and this article aims to shed light on pelvic floor dysfunction and how women can overcome it.  What Happens to the Pelvic Floor Muscles Postpartum  One of the key pelvic floor muscles, called the levator ani, is responsible for supporting and raising the pelvic floor and maintaining urinary and bowel functions. As a woman goes through pregnancy and delivery, this muscle becomes strained to support the process.  Since the levator ani holds the pelvic organs together, the…

Protein packed smoothies are a great way for moms to fill us with good calories, a good way to lose baby weight and help boost milk supply.  Protein powder is safe for breastfeeding and can serve several purposes at once for both baby and mom. Protein shakes are such a great way to take in a lot of nutrients, which if you are breastfeeding, you need! Protein is so important for lactation and getting enough of it can be difficult for busy moms.  Let’s talk about why protein powders are super helpful to breastfeeding moms. Are protein powders safe for breastfeeding mothers? Yes, here’s why: Protein powders offer high concentrates of essential vitamins and minerals that are normally difficult to consume Protein powders are filling and versatile for use in various shakes and recipes Protein powders are derived from organic and clean ingredients, not chemicals. Protein powders can be sweetened…